Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Friday, July 13, 2012

In the Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo Village - A potter's welcome to the Hotel California

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In the Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo Village and PeruRail trip to Aquas Calientes (base of Machu Pichu),

At the base of Ollantaytambo fortress is the small village of the same name built upon the foundation of the ancient Inca homes (note the large rocks at the base of the homes). We visited this small community on my 60th birthday (July 5) as part of our family's epic trip through Peru to reach Machu Pichu.  The village appears much as it may have been in ages past. The Incan aqueducts continue to serve the pueblo as they run down each of the streets. Andy with his puppets enchanted curious village children and their parents much like the Pied Piper.

One of my greatest surprises and delights was discovered purely by happenstance, the ceramics workshop of Lucho Soler (www.andreafisherpottery.com/cgi-bin/artistlnk.cgi?Lucho_S...). I immediately became mesmerized by his work as he prepared pieces for a show in Lima in the coming month.

Lucho's work is a fusion of Incan design with that of many other indigenous pottery, especially that of New Mexico's Pueblo where he resided for 20 years. He returned to his native Peru after September 11, 2001 with a goal to elevate Peruvian ceramics to achieve the high artistic quality of his ancestors as well as reignite an interest in its history. The designs etched in his pieces come directly from old shards of pottery that he showed me from his collection.

Unfortunately the pieces he had available were rather large (and costly), designed for impact at the show. I did pause long and hard though considering how I might arrange to have one come home with me... and still have it remain in one piece. After seeing some shards saved by Lucho for sentimental purposes that were created by a customs agent who dropped his marvelous work upon inspection, I thought better of the purchase. But I do hope to revisit his work soon and add a piece to my collection.

After his Lima show he will present in Mexico. Hopefully he may even consider a show in Chile.

We continued to weave our way up and down the narrow cobbled streets popping into one store after another and poking our heads into the beautiful courtyards hidden away by the nondescript walls. It was in one artisan's shop that I was stunned to see what I thought were more of Lucho's ceramics. The shop manager explained these were actually of a student of Lucho's, Eduardo Huaman Aquino. I asked for Eduardo's taller (workshop) and set off on a mission to locate him and more of his pottery.

Passing by hostels and viewing the residents of this village in their daily activities I was directed to Eduardo's taller situated up the hill. As I climbed the street I could hear the haunting lyrics of the Eagles' "Welcome to the Hotel California" emanating from one of the homes. Upon reaching Eduardo's taller/workshop I knew it was my destiny to be there:


My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
'this could be heaven or this could be hell'
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say...

Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotel california
Any time of year, you can find it here

I stayed a while enjoying my discovery of this "lovely place, such a nice surprise" watching Eduardo craft another piece while guinea pigs squeaked off tune to the music from his stereo.

I later joined up with Andy, and my travel partners, Kathy Songer and Carol D'Angelo for lunch and a shared piece of Chocolate cake.

Later that afternoon we checked out of our hotel to walk down the road a bit  to board the Peru Rail that would take us to the Machu Pichu village of Auga Calientes. On our trip we encountered rain giving the region a misty and mysterious aura. All the while running through my mind were the lyrics that welcomed me to Ollantaytamo:
"You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! "

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

DRI: ACTION ALERT: NATIONAL CALL DAY TO SUPPORT THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

ACTION ALERT: NATIONAL CALL DAY TO SUPPORT THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 

Disability Rights International (DRI) has played a leading role in pushing for US ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through its work with the US International Council on Disabilities (USICD), a coalition of US-based organizations, federal agencies and individuals committed to advocacy and action on behalf of the global disability rights agenda.

 "The CRPD is the first international treaty to speak to the special concerns of people with disabilities," says Eric Rosenthal, Executive Director of DRI, "We are proud that the United States is considering joining the international community in standing up for the right of people with disabilities around the world to participate fully in all aspects of life."

ACTION ALERT:

National Call-In Day, Wednesday, July 11th
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on July 12th. Please join us in advocating for the committee to vote YES and send the treaty to the Senate floor for a full vote.

If your Senator is on the Foreign Relations Committee 
Please call or tweet tomorrow: Wednesday, July 11th

Message: "Senator, I am a constituent from your state and I support the CRPD.  I look to you to attend the Foreign Relations Committee hearing on July 12th and to support ratification. The CRPD is in the United States' interests, protects our disabled citizens and veterans abroad, and honors the Americans with Disabilities Act."


Chairman: John Kerry (D-MA)
(202) 224-4651
 @JohnKerry

Ranking Member: Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)
(202) 224-6797
 @Senatorlugar

Senator John Barrasso ( R-WY)
(202) 224-3553
@SenJohnBarrasso

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
(202) 224-3553
@SenatorBoxer

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
(202) 224 4524
@SenatorCardin

Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA)
(202) 224-6324
@SenBobCasey

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
 (202) 224-5042
@ChrisCoons

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
(202) 224-3344
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  Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
(202) 224-6121
@JimDeMint

 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
 (202) 224-2152
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Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
(202) 224-4721
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Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
(202) 224-3643
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Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
(202) 224-5444
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Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
(202) 224-4744
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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
(202) 224-3041
@MarcoRubio

 Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
(202) 224-2752

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
(202) 224-2841
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Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
(202) 224-6621
 @SenatorTomUdall

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)
(202) 224-402


CRPD SENATE HEARING SET FOR THURSDAY, JULY 12- Be there or call!




Join me (and others- will be calling from Santiago, Chile - urging passage and ratification!! ) in DC, Thursday 9am, at the Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilites (CRPD) globally. Senate Office Bldg, Dirksen Room G-50. The US International Council on Disabilities (usicd.org) is urging as many attendees as possible.


CRPD SENATE HEARING SET FOR THURSDAY, JULY 12: 

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be holding a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, July 12, at 9:00 a.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. Please attend this important hearing.

It is vital that Americans with and without disabilities make support for the CRPD heard in the Senate. Follow one of the appropriate links below to sign on as either an individual or, if authorized, for your organization. Please forward this message to your networks, friends, and family!

Link to the Full Letter
http://67.199.83.28/doc/CRPD%20Sign%20on%20Letter.pdf

Click here to sign on as an INDIVIDUAL
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/936586/Tell-the-U-S-Senate-to-Support-Ratification-of-the-CRPD 

Click here to sign on your ORGANIZATION

USICD URGES U.S. SENATE TO APPROVE RATIFICATION OF THE CRPD
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/963035/Tell-the-U-S-Senate-your-Organization-Supports-the-Ratification-of-the-CRPD